The Assistive Technology Act of 2004 supports “programs of grants to States to address the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities and for other purposes” such as expanding public awareness, research and development of AT, state training and technical assistance and data collection and reporting.
The following definitions are used in the Act:
Each state has an Assistive Technology Program to serve residents who need help with selecting, acquiring, or using AT devices. The AT Program in Florida is known as FAAST, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology. In addition, the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides technology support services to district Exceptional Student Education programs and families of students with disabilities.
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
Serves Florida residents who need help with selecting, acquiring, or using Assistive Technology (AT) devices. FAAST’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology. Services include an AT loan service, six regional demonstration centers, searchable databases for AT providers and subsidized housing, publications and more.
Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
Provides diagnostic, instructional and technology support services to district Exceptional Student Education programs and families of students with disabilities via 19 service centers. Additional statewide and regional services support the use of assistive technology, instructional technology, Universal Design for Learning and more.
General Self-Help Resource Guide to Assist Students with Disabilities Who are Not in Special Education but Are Eligible to Receive Reasonable Accommodations and Auxiliary Aids and Services Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (pdf)
A comprehensive 14-page self-help resource guide available online from the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). Additional resources are available in FAAST's online library.
Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP)
National, member-based organization of state Assistive Technology Act Programs that promotes the national network of AT Programs, facilitates coordination of state AT Programs nationally and provides technical assistance and support to its members in order to enhance their effectiveness.
Center on Technology and Disability
The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. CTD serves diverse audiences, including families, teachers, administrators, researchers, service providers, personnel preparation programs, family information and training centers, community resource centers, product developers and vendors, and other relevant programs.
National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education
Promotes the use of electronic and information technology (E&IT) for students and employees with disabilities in educational institutions at all academic levels. Resources include a searchable database of questions and answers, archived training events and videos, an accessibility checklist and more.
NICHCY’s Assistive Technology Act Page
Provides links to numerous AT resources including the Act itself, summaries of the Act and resource links relating to AT.Note: the NICHCY Website will terminate on September 30, 2014.
Quality Indicators for AT Services (QIAT) Consortium
Provides input for identifying, disseminating and implementing Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in School Settings that support the work of school districts, AT providers, AT consumers, university and professional AT developers and policymakers.
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
Membership organization of clinicians, therapists, researchers, developers, computer scientist and other professionals who work in assistive technologies. Provides continuing education opportunities, certification programs, online communities, publications, resources and more.
P.L. 108-364 Assistive Technology Act of 2004, §3, (3), (4), (5)
Available at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/PLAW-108publ364/html/PLAW-108publ364.htm